Cold Case Double Murderer Sentenced In Ventura

Thursday July 12, 2018

     A man described by a Ventura County prosecutor as "evil" was sentenced Thursday for the rape and murder of two women whose bodies were found in Kern and Ventura counties some 38 years ago.

   The judge gave 66-year-old William Chouest two consecutive terms of life in prison with no chance of parole.

   A jury in May found Chouest guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and they found the special circumstance allegations of murder while engaged in a rape and multiple murders to be true.

   In 1980, the bodies of two women were found raped and stabbed to death.

   One of the victims was found in the parking lot of Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks in Ventura County, the other in an orchard in Delano in Kern County.

   The women have never been identified.

   The women found dead in Thousand Oaks was five months pregnant.

   It wasn't until decades later that advances in DNA technology and databases identified Chouest as the suspect.

   They found him in state prison serving a life sentence for the kidnapping rape and robbery of two other women back in 1980 and he was eligible for parole in 2017.

   Instead, he was arrested and charged with the killings in Kern and Ventura counties.